Toolkits and Resources
Our oceans need all of us to work together to build a network to protect them. Here you can find some useful websites, toolkits, resources and information that we hope can help you talk to friends, businesses and politicians and grow our ocean defenders community.
We can all do something
If you haven't yet put your name on the oceans sanctuary petition, do that first!
No matter where you look, the best advice on how to defend our oceans is almost always the same.
So what’s the top ten? Here's the list that every ocean advocate believes can make a difference and some links to different websites where you can find more information and help.
Below this you will find some toolkits that we hope will also help. Let us know if you have other ideas or if you need more information.
- Make changes in your life that can help fight climate change. It is the biggest threat to our planet as a whole and each of us can cut our carbon footprint by using less energy in our homes, schools and work.
- Know what you are eating and make sure that it is sustainable seafood- Get informed and ask questions – if your school, workplace, shops or restaurant doesn’t know where the fish it is providing comes from, refuse it.
- Get out there and enjoy it! The majority of the planet lives within 100km of the ocean. Learn to swim, sail, dive or just paddle at the edge. Even a beach walk on a winter’s day will inspire you.
- Reduce your use of plastic. Use non-plastic items where you can, recycle as much as possible, dispose of the rest responsibly – including cutting open six-pack holders and other plastic containers that can trap marine life
- Never leave rubbish on the beach or in the water.
- Have a toxic-free house and garden. Use non-toxic cleaning and gardening products to avoid chemicals being flushed into the sea– your family and plants on land will thank you too!
- Cigarette butts are one of the biggest beach and ocean pollutants. Don’t drop your butts anywhere.
- Be an ocean-friendly consumer. Don't just think about the fish you are eating, think about corals, shells and ocean life. Don’t buy into oceans destruction in souvenir stalls or jewelry shops.
- Keep your car, motorbike or boat well maintained. Oil leaks from vehicles that is then washed down drains is a major cause of ocean pollution.
- Talk about the oceans. Talk to your family and friends about what you are trying to achieve and get them involved. Talk to your co-workers, local schools, shops and restaurants, share information and inspiration.
Here are just a few websites that share the same goals and may give you more ideas and resources:
What does it all mean?
First things first – one of the things that makes it hard to get involved is not understanding what the so-called experts are talking about. Don’t be baffled by the jargon. Here is a list of different technical terms that you can use as a reference. If there are other terms you think could be included in this list, tweet us and let us know. More
Build better businesses
We are consumers and together we have enormous power. If each of us consistently demands that businesses buy better, they would change. Knowing what to ask for is half the battles in changing the way businesses operate. This toolkit gives you a series of questions to ask and even templates of good practice policies to put business on a sustainable path. More
Make fishing better
Knowing how your fish was caught and where is important. It lets you make informed choices and shows business what you are willing to buy. This toolkit provides details of different techniques and systems and a cool video of best practice for you to share. More
Make piracy history
We can’t all track the pirates at sea, but we can all play our part in cutting off their supplies and buyers on land. Use this information to ask questions and push for change in your area. More
You can check information on other websites too. Here's a list of some places you might like to check.
Databases on fish and fisheries: